The Dodgers have agreed to a deal to sign right hander Tyler Cyr, according to Robert Murray of Fansided. It’ll be a minor league deal and comes with an invite to big league spring training, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Cyr, 30 in May, split time last season between the Phillies and A’s. He put up promising numbers in Oakland in a short sample size, tossing 13 innings of 2.08 ERA ball in relief. Those numbers came with a quality 30.8% strikeout rate alongside a 9.6% walk rate. He also made one appearances for the Phillies, giving up a home run in 1/3 of an inning of work.
Cyr was drafted by the Giants in the tenth round of the 2015 draft. He had some solid numbers coming up as a reliever in San Francisco’s system, but never got a crack in the big leagues and was granted minor league free agency at the end of the 2021 season. The Phillies gave him a minor league deal, and he worked to a 2.50 ERA in 36 innings of work for their Triple-A affiliate, earning his first big league callup. His time with the Phillies was short lived, and he was DFA’d after that three batter stint.
Oakland landed him on waivers and he put in a strong finish to the season. Oakland designated him for assignment when they made the signing of Shintaro Fujinami official. While the numbers during his time in Oakland were promising, control is an issue, and the 9.1% walk rate he displayed in the big leagues this year was the first time it’d been a single digit figure since Double-A in 2017.
Cyr throws a mid-90s fastball and mixes in a cutter and changeup. He still has a full slate of options and under one year of service time, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dodgers call on Cyr at some point in 2023 given the inevitable churn of relief pitching over a long season.